from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.
- transitive v. To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity.
- transitive v. To reinstate the good name of.
- transitive v. To restore the former rank, privileges, or rights of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To invest or clothe again with some right, authority, or dignity; to restore to a former capacity; to reinstate; to qualify again; to restore, as a delinquent, to a former right, rank, or privilege lost or forfeited; -- a term of civil and canon law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To restore to a former capacity or standing; reinstate; qualify again; restore, as a delinquent, to a former right, rank, or privilege lost or forfeited: a term drawn from the civil and canon law.
- To reëstablish in the esteem of others or in social position lost by disgrace; restore to public respect: as, there is now a tendency to rehabilitate notorious historical personages; Lady Blank was rehabilitated by the influence of her family at court.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. restore to a state of good condition or operation
- v. reinstall politically
- v. help to readapt, as to a former state of health or good repute
Medieval Latin rehabilitāre, rehabilitāt-, to restore to a former rank : Latin re-, re- + Late Latin habilitāre, to enable; see habilitate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the participle stem of Late Latin rehabilitare, from Latin re- + habilitāre. (Wiktionary)